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Grinding Recoil Pads

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by 12ShotTwo, Dec 27, 2011.

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  1. 12ShotTwo

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    Would like to fit my own pads and need recomendations on the best sanding tools for the job. I read the installation procedures on the Kickeez site which call for a disk or belt sander. Thanks Joe
     
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    A vertical belt sander is better than a disc. With the disc sander, you'll be eating a lot of the rubber as it comes around the disc.
     
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    What GunDr. says--with some sort of an adjustable rest platform--table-- so you can get the angles correct, unless you are going to do it attached to the stock, this usually ends up requiring re-finishing. Use a coarse grit like "80" for rough grind then 120-150 next then 220 or finer last. Use light pressure so you DON'T get the pad hot & give it time to cool off while your grinding. Proceed slowly & cautiously. Ross Puls
     
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    A vertical belt sander with an R&B jig set-up works best. Also, always take your time.

    Tomas
     
  5. Draht Guy

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    The jig is worth the money. It makes it easy to grind the bottom of the pad to the angle of the stock. Brownells sells them.
     
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    The towels catch the flying rubber. Shake outside when done. Works fair. Slower than Doug. but OK.
     
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    Get the jig. It works great and you can also get the angles correct on the adjustable plates. It is a simple set-up but makes things much easier. Jon
     
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    see web link above for the jig
     
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    FWIW: I use what I call a "Sheep hearder's hook" - sold by Brownells. It gives me correct angle on ALL sides of the pads. And, when grinding Kick-Eez pads, I throw them in the freezer before I snad them off.

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    I also heard freezing made them easier to grind.
     
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    Forget the freeer with Kickeez pads. The surface being ground warms up as soon as it touches the sand paper. Use the right grit and go slow.

    Jim Skeel
     
  13. 12ShotTwo

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    Thanks everyone!! I ordered the R&B jig but it's on backorder right now so will have to wait. Going the route of a handheld belt sander since I need one anyway and I don't have room or other use for a benchtop type sander. I'll figure out a way to rig it up on my bench as MIA does. Joe
     
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    I've been using the old B-Square jig for 30 yrs and it has never failed me.

    As for grit size, I use 100 grit belts. also, when you grind, grind until half of your scribe line is gone. This will give you very little to clean up by hand.

    I never freeze any pads...even the gooey trap dudes. I just grind them slower.

    Doug
     
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    I use a piece of corrugated plastic to distribute the pressure of the vise on the grip. MY email is above. I'll send yo a piece if you like. Need your address. N/C You can see the plastic wrapped on the handle. Too, my sander is 5 speed,and I run it on fast for Kickeze. And My trick for getting the toe angle right is I take the old pad, tape it to the mostly done (sides and heel) and grind the angle to match the old pad.
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    Use a sharp pin to scribe the butt stock to the pad. The t-pins you buy at office supply stores work great they are smooth on the side so you don't disturb the stock finish. Then get youself some chalk line chalk (preferrably white) and rub some into the scribed line so you can see the line. Go slow with Kick-eez start with a course grit belt and finish with 120 or finner. The handheld belt sander will be difficult without a table to hold the pad square to the belt. Also get a lot of light on the pad so you can see what you are doing. I also use a magna visor to really get a good look at the scribe line.
     
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    I have a hard time seeing the scribe line, I now place masking tape on the pad and take a verry sharp lead pencil and mark the tape. It shows up better for me that way,everone has there on style and you will also one you install several. I also use a scotch brite wheal to polish up the side and take the lip off the rubber tht is left when grinding. Thanks Ronnie
     
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    Wanted to let you all know I finally got my backordered R&B jig and ground my first pad. It came out great, thanks for all the help. Joe
     
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    I use a 12" disc sander with 220. A belt might work better, but taking your time is the key. Finish by hand with wet paper and vasoline. Tape the wood and use a jig.
     
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    MIA.... I thought that was the sander you used to tenderize your ribs?
     
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